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winter is red

November 23, 2014
By Kailey_H424 PLATINUM, Portland, Maine
Kailey_H424 PLATINUM, Portland, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
Treat others the way you want to be treated. (my mother)
I am, I am, I am (Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar)


"to me," you say,
"winter is grey."
dark and cold and gloomy.
You must pardon my mannars because,
in reply,
I said,
"no, winter is red."
and you wondered
how that could be.

winter is red

bright red
bold red
refuse to be ignored
red.
relentless, merciless,
survival of the fittest
red
slap you, leave you,
then come back for more
red.

ruddy cheeks
red
frozen toes
red
sting of the wind on your nose
red
lips chapped,
eyes sting
red

berries cling to your tree
red
robin swooping gracefully
red
tail lights cutting through perpetual January darkness
red

the winter coat that was too big but you wore anyway
red
your backpack
that made you easily identifiable
in the brave new world of elementary school
red
the scarf I wore so I wouldn't get lost,
the one you liked so much
red

all the color
drained
from the photo still hanging on my refrigerator
grey
my memory of you,
once so clear,
once so full of color,
now fading
grey.
Maybe you were right.



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